Fire safety breaches lead to large fine for care home

Failure to meet fire safety regulations despite a warning from local enforcement officers has led to a fine of more than £10,000 for the owners of a care home in South Yorkshire.

Park Care Ltd, which owns the Park Grange Nursing Home in the village of Kendray, pleaded guilty to three separate breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

The company had failed to provide a suitable fire risk assessment, and had also neglected to put in place adequate fire emergency procedures and fix defective fire doors.

“These breaches were so serious that had there been a fire at the home there was a real danger that residents would have been seriously injured or worse,” said Terry Guthrie from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

He also issued a warning to other care homes that “swift action” would be taken by the authorities if fire safety regulations are not adhered to.